I recently did a bowling outing with a group of boys who have been working with me on social communication skills. We spent the session prior to the outing planning and preparing. Because the boys were prepared for this new experience, the game went well. They took care of getting their shoes and balls, bowled,… Continue reading Helping with New Experiences
So, we are continuing the journey of streamlining toys to a single concept or theme to assist with teaching speech and language skills. This week is boat week. My sensory bin has a few inches of water and several boats and a few Little People figures. Pre-verbal and newly verbal kids are working on easy… Continue reading Boats
Summer is here and by now your kiddos may already be tired of the slower pace and lack of schedules. In my corner of the world, things don’t slow down, rather they ramp up! New toys appear, new goals are written and sessions are added to make the summer months productive for learning speech and… Continue reading I Scream, You Scream, Teaching with Ice Cream!
Create a mini sensory bin for holiday play. Learn new vocabulary, sort, compare, contrast and engage in pretend play. Put it in a container with a lid and you have an inexpensive learning toy that travels! This one was made with Christmas minis and buttons from Michael’s Craft store. Have fun! One Word at a… Continue reading Mini Sensory Bin
I have long said that children who remain non-verbal or minimally verbal after the age of 5 struggle with verbal communication not because of a social or language deficit, but because of a motor deficit. They want to speak, but their motor system does not allow them to. Take the time to read this blog… Continue reading A re-blog – Motor Control in Autism